The HUKD DE shaving thread
Are there any DE shavers on HUKD?
Is anyone curious about DE shaving?
I thought HUKD should have its own DE thread. Post anything you think could be helpful to your fellow DE shavers here.
Feel free to post pics or a description of your collection. Or any questions you have about DE shaving.
So the thread as involved quite a bit since I first posted and an update is well overdue. Thank you to everyone who has contributed.
I will try to collate some of the useful information that has been posted in the thread that will be useful for those new to DE shaving and experienced shavers alike. If anyone feels I have missed anything or would like to add anything please let me know. It will only take me another 8 months to edit it again
I would like to start DE shaving what razor should I get?
The wide consensus is with either the Merkur 34c or Edwin Jagger DE89L, both are well regarded but the DE89L is a bit cheaper than the Merkur. There are many cheaper options such as the Lord L6 or Boots own brand but trust us, buying quality pays dividends when it comes to DE shaving
What brush should I buy and do I need one?
Yes, using a brush and cream will greatly improve your shave. Even if you are happy with multi blade cartridge razors (which is fine) I urge you to consider changing to a brush and cream.
On the thread we like the Vulfix 404 it can be found on Amazon for £12.60 delivered but pops in and out of stock.
What Cream/Soap should I buy?
Very much a personal choice. I would start with cheaper brands before diving right in and going for Castle Forbes (£20 a tub).
Again in the thread we like Proraso and Taylor of Old Bond Street.
What blades should I start with?
There is no correct answer to this, people's experience of blades varies significantly and the same blade can work differently in different razors. The best place to start is buying a blade sample pack to try and find which blade works best for you in your razor.
I want to get in to DE shaving but it seems very expensive, how can I do it as cheaply as possible?
Well Jet Pac has helpfully posted his recommendations which are as follows
So the current recommended new DE shavers kit
(Cheap enough but decent quality and likely to be keepers)
Merkur 45c Bakelite - £18 Delivered
Edwin Jagger DE89 - £20.80 Delivered - Full metal option rather than plastic
Merkur 34C - ~£30 A slightly more expensive Full metal razor, heavy and truly excellent
For the super cheap option pick up a Gillette Tech razor on eBay for ~£5-£8 and that will do fine also.
Vulfix 404 - £12.60 Delivered
Astra Superior Platinum - ~£8 (100 blades, that is roughly 300 shavesworth) Delivered
Proraso - £5.10 Delivered (if bought at the same time as the razor at Connaught)
Taylor of Old Bond Street (TOBS) - Various scents - £7.00 Delivered
Palmolive cream and soap (Cheap option) ~ £0.50p - £1.50 from supermarkets or Wilkinsons.
Non-essential but useful or recommended (Links to product that people enjoy, maybe not best price):
please see comment 1207 for links. If people could Like it so it comes to the top of the thread that would be great. All so see comments 256, 257 and 265 for mine, Connelp and HertzVanrRntal recommendations.
I've just bought a new brush, how should I break it in?
Its not unusual for a brush to have a bit of a pong about it when you first but it, especially boar and horse hair. It took me 2 weeks to get the horse smell out of my Vie Long brush (worth it though). HertzVanRental very helpfully posted this guide.
Amazing to get that stage within a such a short time scale! Ditch the Derby blade you started with and, if you've got a pack, try a Feather blade from your sample blades - no need to be scared, just be careful and it's the ultimate experience!! Also I've now got the Vulfix 404 brush that connelp recently highlighted and OMG it's brilliant! Get one for under a tenner and you won't regret it as it is almost as good as the brushes I have that are 8 to 10 times the price, but use this process to break in any brush:
a. Rub the brush in neat Fairy Liquid for a couple of minutes. Wash the brush out.
b. Leave the brush in a Fairy Liquid/Water solution for a few hours. Wash the brush out.
c. Lather the brush up in your favourite soap or cream (as you would do for a shave), then leave it with the soap/cream on the brush over night - this is where the magic happens. Wash the brush out the next day and it leave to dry; the smell of any new brush will be gone and the brush will be at its optimum for use. See comment 319 for original post
I will post some links in comments 6 for some helpful information. Again if people could like the comment so it goes to the front of the thread that would be great.
I'm sure I've missed loads out but thank you to all who have contributed and will continue to contribute. A special thanks to LizzieBear as well, for not only being a girl on a DE shaving thread but for running a very generous competition.